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Old 10th Feb 2021, 05:46
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My dad smoked cigarettes for most of his working life but later on switched to a pipe at home. Logic was you only needed a few puffs to kill the urge and then you could put it away and continue a while later. As opposed to a cigarette where you would finish a cigarette even though the need for one has passed. He still smoked ciggarettes at work or outside the home as it was more convenient.

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Old 10th Feb 2021, 06:43
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I smoked a pipe when I was in my early twenties. I thought I looked cool, in reality I looked like a pretentious ****.
Same here. Don't smoke now (been off the fags for 20 years) but I do confess to hanging around outside those cafes in Amsterdam with the green stickers in the windows for a bit of "secondary toking".
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Old 10th Feb 2021, 18:20
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Occasional Cuban Cigar smoker here, but only in a hot climate in the evening, ideally after a good days Game Fishing, so therefore if I smoke 4 per year that's as many. I once got followed round an art gallery in Majorca when you could smoke inside by a women who came over to me after a number of galleries' and said, in French accented English "I am not stalking you, but you leave a wonderful aroma in each room from your cigar, it reminds me of my late Father".

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Old 10th Feb 2021, 20:36
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...........Top of climb, armrests down, LHS has control, Pack the pipe .........
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As the Nav. occupying the rearmost seat on the flt.deck, I used to hate the front seat pipe smokers, and there were a few who made the flt. deck IFR so - day or night - raised the curtain designed to prevent my lighted desk ruining their night vision and donned my oxygen mask.
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Old 11th Feb 2021, 00:10
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I used to smoke pipe and cigars. The latter because I could get the World's finest via Spain. (before the Russians laid claim to them)

I can't believe I went to the Mexican west coast for a lovely holiday with the Rivetess and I have a photo of some shorts I bought there. Lovely green leaves on a white background. I had no idea what they were, let alone that they were cocking a snook at the Establishment, though I've a fair idea of what the American customs would have thought of them.

When I was a naughty schoolboy I used to buy two Manikins in a little packet. I'd get really heady walking along the beach smoking. Nice they were. I was in my twenties when I found out just how nice - the sixpenny cigars had a Cuban outer leaf. In the 60's I could get all the big name cigars 22 - 45 psts, all at 166 to the pound Sterling. The guy used to save the boxes for me.

When they ran out I was addicted. Sometimes I'd weaken and buy one for £7. Nothing but Cuban would do. I feel very ashamed now, though in London they might be 50 with ease. When the Russians got them the Cubans started importing tobacco, well, so I was told. Certainly one could not buy anything worth a five bob. Finally, the shop near my Fiasco's office confided in me. Their very valuable business, just 200 yards SW of Piccadilly, had had the financial foundations ripped from under it. Finding an old box of cigars is something that still features in occasional dreams.
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Old 11th Feb 2021, 00:36
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I used to smoke a couple of cigars a day at one stage, but gave up when I felt they were affecting my fitness. Funnily enough, it was no problem stopping, whereas I'd had real trouble quitting cigarettes years before. I think I liked the cigars, whereas I was addicted to the cigarettes.
When I worked in Bougainville, we had an out camp where the troops established a garden - mainly pineapples, but also tobacco, from which they rolled cigars. They smelled beautiful, and because they didn't have any chemicals added, eg saltpetre, they would go out if not actively smoked. It was common to see a local wandering around carrying a half-smoked cigar through the hole in his ear lobe.
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Old 11th Feb 2021, 01:56
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Old 11th Feb 2021, 15:10
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I used to get mine through my best man, who had a contact in the Cuban Embassy in Warsaw. Unfortunately she was posted home, so that dried up, so now pick them up usually in transit in DXB, but with only a limited consumption it is not a big issue.

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Old 11th Feb 2021, 15:31
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There was a thrash on a Saturday at Rheindahlen and a couple of my pilots at Aldergrove heard about it. They had also talked to a Hercules crew that was doing a BAOR/ NI changeover and they could get then there Friday evening and back Sunday afternoon. They asked me if they could go. Technically no because I would be short of crews if something happened over the week-end.

Being an old softie I let them go but it would cost them a box of King Eddies from the BX. Come Sunday evening there they were.

Fast forward three months in a hotel bar in Bergan, Norway. Ten of us sitting around a table downing our 2/3 rate ones. I went up to my room and brought the unopened box (50) down. I casually sat down, opened it, put it on the table with a 'help yourself'. A deafening silence from the gobsmacked Norwegians around us! It was if I had thrown a bucket of banknotes on the table. I don't know how much a box of fifty King Eddies is in Norway but it would be a big hole in somebodies pay packet.
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Old 11th Feb 2021, 15:37
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Dad was a pipe smoker and trilby wearer of note. A straight stemmed pipe was saved for gardening with (his logic was that the smoke would clear the brim of his hat, and prevent his eyes from stinging). He had another "cigar" pipe, he would enjoy the occasional cigar at events or special occasions, and when the cigar stub became too small to hold, it got stuffed into his cigar pipe and smoked down to its final whiff. The Peterson, he had two, his everyday one and his walking out one, was the pipe of choice at all other times. Although a non smoker, I have one of the Petersons as a memento, my sister has the other. I'm sure that the complexity of Dad's smoking habits made perfect sense to him but was a source of amusement for the rest of the family, in fact it still is, rarely a family event comes around without some reference to the effort he put into it.

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Old 11th Feb 2021, 21:45
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In my days of starting out in work, I was surrounded by heavy smokers. So many in fact that I reckon I must have inhaled around 20 a day myself.

One stood out on his own though. He smoked filterless Park Drive cigarettes.....and lots of them. Other smokers advising that these cigarettes were so strong, they would knock your brains out. Nobody ever asked Eric for a spare cigarette. They used to joke that when he went to the toilet, he passed soot.

My best mate at the time had a father who smoked in the shower. He died sat on the toilet......found with a cigarette in his hand.

Cigars. Used to love going down Filbert St. Climb the stairs at the back of the stand and emerge on a sunny crisp winters afternoon to a strong uniform wide smell of lit cigars. Many also owning a small hip flask with something to cheer. As the football did little of any of that at the time.
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Old 12th Feb 2021, 01:43
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King Ted the V-I-I is what we'd called them. A shilling each from the BX - fifty bob a box. I had some of those boxes for years with electronics parts in. However, I have to confess I smoked them to look cool rather than the enjoyment of good tobacco. I liked to think I didn't follow youthful style, but of course as soon as there was a rush of blood to the crutch I was as daft as any teenager. I was flying IT's as a young co-pilot before I rediscovered Cuban tobacco and realised my old memories. King Teds had a layer of paper under the outer leaf.

In the old days of the Red Lion, Kirby le Soken, my second home, there was a fine old gentleman in the gang of regulars that had 'been in tobacco.' He told me how my cigars were rolled without mention of the señorita's thigh. He also mentioned something that would make smuggling them into the US an impossibility. It seems that when they burn, the veins are left clearly identifiable in the ash. They are the only leaf that will do that. Having said that, Cuban families that escaped from Castro grew tobacco on the Spanish islands. They tried everything to emulate the original having taken the plants with them. They made a fair cigar, the only other one in the world that was acceptable to me, but that's all it was, fair. I can't recall if the veins showed in the ash. Huh! I wouldn't have fooled the Americans (where Cuban cigars are banned - It used to be unless you're a politician or university professor.)

I used to buy these in Tenerife.
Robert Burns, along with Muriel and White Owl and others, were known as clear havanas, machine made cigars that used various amounts of Cuban tobacco in their products. Usually, the filler was imported from Havana, the binders usually came from the Connecticut and the wrappers came from Cuba or Sumatra.11 Nov 2009
I called in a Humidor in aTexas mall. The young man said that he'd been instructed to offer free cigars to potential good customers. He gave me a ~ 8 of his finest cigars. I settled on the deck overlooking Canyon Lake with a whisky and the first cigar. EEEERRGH! I tried another. Doube, EEEERRGH! and so on. I scrapped the lot.

I haven't smoked for nearly forty years now but this discussion makes me want to search for the mysterious box of cigars that seems to find its way into my dreams.
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Old 12th Feb 2021, 10:16
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Smoked a pipe for a few years in my (comparative) youth, probably from about 20-35 ish. And to combine two themes of this thread on one occasion my pipe was used for - shall we say alternative tobacco ......

The very occasional Cuban cigar these days (3 or 4 a year maybe), usually as a fitting finale to a formal lunch or dinner - which of course means I haven't smoked at all for about 15 months!
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Old 12th Feb 2021, 10:44
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Originally Posted by Fareastdriver View Post
There was a thrash on a Saturday at Rheindahlen and a couple of my pilots at Aldergrove heard about it. They had also talked to a Hercules crew that was doing a BAOR/ NI changeover and they could get then there Friday evening and back Sunday afternoon. They asked me if they could go. Technically no because I would be short of crews if something happened over the week-end.

Being an old softie I let them go but it would cost them a box of King Eddies from the BX. Come Sunday evening there they were.

Fast forward three months in a hotel bar in Bergan, Norway. Ten of us sitting around a table downing our 2/3 rate ones. I went up to my room and brought the unopened box (50) down. I casually sat down, opened it, put it on the table with a 'help yourself'. A deafening silence from the gobsmacked Norwegians around us! It was if I had thrown a bucket of banknotes on the table. I don't know how much a box of fifty King Eddies is in Norway but it would be a big hole in somebodies pay packet.
Shame you were not in RAFG or aware of the 431 bank balance enhancing distribution chain...UK and Gut, .....we could have done business together.
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Old 12th Feb 2021, 14:21
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My French girlfriend was a pipe expert. She would give me one each birthday.
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Old 12th Feb 2021, 14:49
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Pipe in Dutch means something completely different....
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Old 12th Feb 2021, 14:59
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Sounds like it does in French too!!
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Old 12th Feb 2021, 23:18
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Pipe in Dutch means something completely different....
Perhaps that's why they put a j in it.


It seems so funny now when we see Pathe news or some-such with a bloke working while smoking a pipe. One the other day had intelligent looking people crouching around an aircraft part. They were in a hanger/workshop, and involved in finding out why the aircraft kept misbehaving. It is quite possible the one with a pipe would not have fired it up again until back in the office, but just unwilling to be parted from his nipple substitute.

Pipes seem to go with tweed jackets and slide-rules.
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Originally Posted by spitfirek5054 View Post
Pipe in Dutch means something completely different....
As does whip, as I found out to my great embarrassment. 😳
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Originally Posted by Loose rivets View Post
Perhaps that's why they put a j in it.


It seems so funny now when we see Pathe news or some-such with a bloke working while smoking a pipe. One the other day had intelligent looking people crouching around an aircraft part. They were in a hanger/workshop, and involved in finding out why the aircraft kept misbehaving. It is quite possible the one with a pipe would not have fired it up again until back in the office, but just unwilling to be parted from his nipple substitute.

Pipes seem to go with tweed jackets and slide-rules.
No tweed jackets, but pipes and slide rules appear together frequently on documentaries about the NASA Space programme ....I'm sure there's also a clip showing the F/E on the 707 prototype happily chomping away
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